City Council Update, June 19, 2023

City Council Update, June 19, 2023

On Monday, Council made several board and commission appointments, updated the City's fee schedule (including yard waste tags), made end-of-fiscal-year amendments to the budget, and more.

The Parks & Recreation Department was authorized to purchase Woodward Dream Cruise merchandise to sell. Each year, volunteer organizations help with sales and keep 50% of the profits made after the City is made whole for its costs. If your organization is interested in helping, contact the Parks & Recreation director Theresa McArleton at [email protected] or 248-658-3470 by July 7.

Terms for boards and commissions expire on June 30. Council made several appointments and reappointments to fill vacancies or renew expiring terms.

Every June, the City reviews and updates its fee schedule. Due to the failure of the millage after a 15% turnout rate, some of the changes that will go into effect starting July 1 include:

  • Tags will be required for each yard waste bag or can.
    • The cost will be $3 each or 4 for $10.
    • Next year the city hopes to provide a "season pass" ticket that can be put on your can and is good for the year.
    • Tags can be purchased at the Library or City Hall starting later this week.
    • The City is working on finding other retailers who will be able to sell tags. 
  • Events will be charged the total cost the City incurs to facilitate putting on the event.
  • The school district will be charged for their use of City athletic fields.
  • Several community organizations were given free use of the community center but now must pay the normal rental fees. 

Council passed routine quarterly budget amendments for the 2022-2023 fiscal year ending on June 30. The next quarterly amendment will include adjustments for things like the cuts in leaf collection and the chipper route, as well as how the savings will be spent or allocated for future use. 

Finally, Council met in closed session to discuss a confidential attorney/client privileged communication.

The meeting packet.